It was a match nearly made in heaven: Tito Ortiz and the WWE. In his latest blog entry, Jim Ross reveals that Tito almost made the leap to Stamford. With his dyed blonde hair, his unique charisma, athleticism, and real life reputation as a bad ass, Tito had all the tools in place to be big in the WWE. Real big. But Ross, who’s job it would have been to sign Ortiz, thinks he made the right decision to keep his day job.
I remember meeting Tito, who was attending a WWE event with Rick Bassman many years ago in Anaheim at the Pond, if memory serves me correctly, when Tito had an interest in discussing a potential career in WWE. Tito had/has a great look, charisma, is obviously very athletic and would have likely done very well in WWE. However, Tito’s true calling is MMA and for an athlete to be able to perform only a few times a year for big bucks and not endure excessive travel is the only way for some athletes to go about their professional lives IE Brock Lesnar.